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“Loved LA PALAPA in Tamarindo!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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La Palapa
Beach Front Hotel, Main street in Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
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johnroymusic
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Loved LA PALAPA in Tamarindo!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2007

We loved the way this place looked on the internet. We drove in town, went to the front desk, and got a room. Our loft was only $50! It had a cool little loft, small couches under loft, TV, small but perfect bathroom and (drumroll please)...A/C!! We thought we had the deal of the century for this cool loft literally on the beach. Breakfast was provided on our patio in the morning with, seriously, the freshest orange juice I have ever tasted. STAY HERE. Cheap, fun, safe, on the beach, right in the middle of Tamarindo!

  • Liked — The loft, the orange juice, being right in the middle of town, and Air Conditioning!!!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Woodside, CA
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2007

Nice, well laid out rooms. There are porches where you can sit and watch the sunset, or you can sit on the chairs at the edge of the beach. The staff was really friendly, and the location of the hotel is close to everything in Tamarindo. I definitely recommend La Palapa. If you decide to stay here, double check your reservation a week or two before you arrive. They had our dates mixed up. Fortunately I had an email printout of the confirmation they sent me to prove that it was their mistake, not mine.

Stayed July 2007
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2006

Great place, great location. I stayed on the ground floor and had direct, immediate access to the beatiful and uncrowded beach right in town. On-site parking, continental breakfast delivered to my deck, dvd rentals at the desk - all contributed to a comfortable stay at a very reasonable price ($60 incl. breakfast and tax). Helene, the tour coordinator, was extremely helpful in arranging tours and lodging at Arenal and Monteverde - my next destination after Tamarindo. She even (without my asking)arranged dvd rental at the local video store after realizing I'd seen all of the english language dvd's at the hotel. She was amazing!
Only drawback was an overaggressive security guard who scared the hell out of me 3 times while coming onto the property after dark - even after he knew I was a guest of the hotel.
This inconvenience, admittedly, made me feel more comfortable about the safety of my belongings while I was out of the room.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of sturdy doors at the room entrance
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask Helene what to do.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sunnyvale
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2006

This is a great place to stay. It is right on the beach with a great restaurant. The restaurant is run by the same people who run the restaurant at Laguna Cocdrillo. Lodging is perfect - not extravagant but very comfortable. It is located at one of the most central places in Tamarindo with awesome beach access.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about La Palapa

Address: Beach Front Hotel, Main street in Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated just 15 metres from Tamarindo Beach, this family-run hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with ocean views, cable TV and a minibar,king size beds, private bathrooms, private ocean view terrace,Free wired internet access. La Palapa is located a 2-minute walk from Tamarindo’s various shops and bars. The hotel offers free parking. You can go scuba diving or turtle watching in Las Baulas National Park, just 1 km away. Guests can enjoy typical local food in the restaurant, including varied choice of breakfast. There is also a bar with a terrace, surrounded by palm trees. Rooms at La Palapa have simple décor and wooden furniture. Each room includes a safe and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel offers 24-hour security and surveillance cameras in all areas. ... more   less 
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La Palapa Hotel Tamarindo

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